Research | Dissertation

Information Transmission in Congressional Hearings

Abstract: (Link to draft.) Congressional hearings give legislators a national stage on which to score political points by publicly chastising high-level bureaucrats, and gives lobbyists a forum to demonstrate their access and importance to policymakers. But how well do they serve...

Author: Ian Palmer Cook

Dissertation, Executive, Formal Theory, Information, Legislative   :   October 9, 2015 12:02 AM  :  read more »

Time and Punishment: Concession and Blame in Political Standoffs

Abstract: (Link to draft.) Political negotiation frequently looks like two sides staring each other down, waiting for the other to blink. In these showdowns, neither sides wishes to concede, claiming this would incur voter displeasure. However, this implies a responsiveness to voter...


Ian Palmer Cook, University of Pittsburgh; Jonathan Woon, University of Pittsburgh

Dissertation, Under Review, Working Papers   :   July 30, 2014 4:37 PM  :  read more »

Dog Whistling

Abstract: (Link to draft.) News and media commentators frequently accuse political candidates of using "dog whistles": words and phrases that have secondary, usually nefarious meanings. Whistling targets attuned subsets of a population, attempting to convey information the remainder of the audience...


Ian Palmer Cook, University of Pittsburgh

Dissertation, Formal Theory, Voting   :   May 23, 2013 9:02 PM  :  read more »

About the Author

Ian P. Cook is a Ph.D. student at the University of Pittsburgh, studying American Politics. He has also been a researcher with the RAND Corporation. No material on this site implies endorsement by either institution.